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Escape – Saskia Lankhoorn

Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2018, piano solo, relaxing, escapism

We live in a complex age. There is a lot of information (too much?). Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and all the other media produce a constant stream of information, which threatens to swamp us. Two of the composers in this programme are trying by means of their music to escape this everyday ‘rat race’. Petra Strahovnik has written a new work for piano and electronics with which she seeks to create a place that is free from imposed experiences. She promises new sound worlds, new ideas and new neural connections so as to observe things from a new and different perspective. With La Flagellation du Christ (d’après Le Caravage), inspired by Caravaggio’s painting of the same name, Raphaël Languillat is searching for focus and space, things that he finds hard to identify in today’s society, which pursues only acceleration, superficiality and progress. But don’t expect La Flagellation du Christ to be a tranquil and comforting piece. For the pianist the sombre, rapid, repetitive notes are a bruising battle which depicts the physical suffering of the flagellation.

These works and more will be performed by none other than Saskia Lankhoorn, a natural born pianist who helps you escape the everyday hustle and bustle.

Photo © Marijn Smulders

Saskia Lankhoorn - piano, electronics
Clare Gallagher - sound, electronics

Petra Strahovnik - Amaranthine
Raphaël Languillat - La Flagellation du Christ (d'après Le Caravage)
Kim Heera - Meunii
Tera de Marez Oyens - Charon’s gift